Educators know that in order for meaningful learning to take place, students must feel safe and supported at school. This is especially true for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender LGBT. Schoolwide anti-discrimination policies provide a decent framework, but individuals must be the ones at the forefront of their implementation. A teacher who acts as an advocate, or simply avails himself as a safe person to talk to, can make a tremendous difference for a student who is struggling. The chat addressed issues that LGBT students face and ways in which curriculum, community, and professional development could improve the school experience.
Lesbian teacher suspended for showing photo of 'future wife' gets $100,000 settlement
What Educators Do When a Student Asks, 'Are You Gay?' - SF Weekly
W hen Jonathan became a teacher, he wanted to be open about his sexuality, but in a school where casual use of the word "gay" as a put-down was common, he wasn't sure if it was a good idea. About a year into his time at the school, a group of female pupils asked if he was gay and he said 'yes'. At first things were fine, and Jonathan felt he was able to help pupils who were questioning their own sexuality. But the homophobic language continued — some of which was directed at him personally. What made it worse was the lack of support from colleagues and senior leaders. I had to challenge homophobic language in each and every lesson.
Student Teacher Fired for Saying He's Gay Gets Job Back
The Mansfield Independent School District said that the two parties agreed to settle in an "amicable" manner and that it denied "any wrongdoing or liability," telling NBC News in an email that the district wanted to "avoid the time, expense, stress and other impacts of continuing litigation, which would interfere with the mission of educating the students. Bailey, who began working at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in the Dallas suburb of Arlington over a decade ago, sued the district and two school administrators in May , claiming that the defendants wrongly discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation. According to the suit, a parent complained to the school board and the superintendent that Bailey was promoting a "homosexual agenda" in the classroom by showing students a picture of the woman who is now her wife during a "Get to Know Your Teacher" presentation. The complaint eventually led to Bailey — who was twice selected Teacher of the Year at her school — being placed on administrative leave in September and then being asked the next month for her resignation, which she refused to give.
A Michigan high school teacher would not allow a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment. McDermitt-Jackson said the teacher told her daughter that she could not write about same-sex marriage because the topic might offend someone in the class. Destiney then texted her mothers from class and told them what was going on, McDermitt-Jackson said.